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From: David Abrahams (dave_at_[hidden])
Date: 2002-11-05 16:06:59

"John Maddock" <jm_at_[hidden]> writes:

> > Now that's just silly, and I daresay somewhat distressing. We went to
> > all this effort to provide a reasonably powerful programming language
> > in Jam which allows you to avoid writing the same thing over and over
> > again; you could clean this all up with a few lines of Jam code, and
> > instead you add a layer of scripting on top which generates the
> > "usual-quality" machine-generated code. I just can't understand why
> > that's preferable.
> Well because I understand shell scripts (and makefiles for that matter), a
> lot more thoroughly than I do the Jam language, sorry, but I'll tend to use
> whatever is quickest to put together :-(

Well, it shouldn't take a huge investment on your part to learn to
write and use something like:

    rule regex-test ( name : sources + : libs * : args * : defines * )

        return [
             # sources

             # dependencies
             <lib>../libs/regex/build/boost_regex $(libs)
         : # test-files
         : $(args) # additional args
         : <define>$(defines) # requirements
         : $(name) # test name
        ] ;
I started replacing all your stuff by uses of this, but it's
exceedingly tedious work to correctly unwind all the boilerplate
you've repeated, and I don't really have the time. Also, I don't have
the expertise to be sure I haven't broken something. You could
probably do this much faster than I.

> Better versions are always welcome though...

There you go.

Several hints:

1. $(SUFLIB) is unneccessary
2. $(SLASH) is unneccessary
3. You don't really need to use the input-files feature unless you're
   planning to establish update dependencies on them. Since many of
   your tests are just forcing input files into the test arguments
   slot, I assume you don't care about dependencies, which is why I
   left them out of the rule above. You could easily add another
   argument to accomodate them.

                    David Abrahams
dave_at_[hidden] *

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